Moving to a new home is an exciting process. But one that can bring unexpected challenges and headaches.
If you’re moving to a new home this year, you’re not alone. Nearly 35.5 million Americans move each year, according to data from Move.org.
With so much to think about, from organizing and packing to lifting and moving heavy boxes, it’s easy to forget the little things that can make your life a little easier during a move.
So we’ve brought in Jessica Thiefels over at Remax.com to remind us of the small details you may have overlooked – tips to make any move smoother and stress free.
Home Moving: Unplug Carefully
Don’t just pull the plug on expensive electronics and toss them in a box – a little planning will help you protect expensive gadgets, like TVs, laptops and stereo systems.
Think before dismounting that big, flat-screen TV by yourself. Follow this step-by-step TV dismounting guide to make sure nothing is damaged. Place all user manuals in a folder so they don’t get lost in the shuffle, but don’t panic if you’ve misplaced them because you can usually find manuals on manufacturers’ websites.
Consider a professional mover for your more delicate electronics. Atlas Van Lines suggests using a qualified professional to uninstall any wall-mounted AV equipment and to call in advance to schedule an appointment so you’re not scrambling at the last minute.
Moving Food for Thought
Don’t forget about dinner – you still need to eat during a move. Packing up the kitchen is usually the last, most challenging part of the moving process, but if you make plans you won’t go hungry.
- Donate: Think about donating canned or unopened food to your local food bank. This leaves one less thing to pack and supports your community.
- Meal Plan: Use the foods still left in your fridge and freezer for meal planning. Take inventory of the foods you have available leading up to the big day. Home Cooking Memories has some tasty ideas.
- Label and Organize: Don’t pack up those cooking utensils just yet. Label your moving boxes to easily access the kitchen gadgets you still need to whip up a quick dinner. Consider the packing order of appliances you won’t need, like the blender, and place everyday items, like spatulas, on top for easy access.
Moving to a New Home: The Essentials
You’ve unloaded the last box and you’re ready to shower, eat and relax – only to remember that your toiletries are buried in a dozen boxes, spread across the house.
Avoid this all-too-common mistake by packing one or two “essentials boxes” that contain extra clothing, towels, toiletries, medications, bedding and phone chargers that will last up to three or four days. Depending upon the details of your move, you might want to keep these boxes with you. Instead of the moving truck.
We can tell you stories of well-intentioned families who prepared their “essentials box” only to pack it in the moving van. When that van gets delayed, stuck or lost so are your essentials.
Know Your Limits When Moving
It may be tempting to save money by doing the moving yourself, but don’t get in over your head. Know your limits, suggests OZ Moving and Storage, “If you’re not sure if you can accomplish some part of your move without professional help, don’t try.
We were called up once by a trio of college students who had gotten their couch stuck in a staircase. Getting in over your head and having to call emergency help is not ideal.” Get quotes from a few moving companies to determine what needs to be moved or packed by a professional.
Alexander Wissel adds, “At our last move, I did all the packing myself because Lisa went from being 8-9 months pregnant to a new mom. We moved when our youngest son was 1 month old!
I thought we had a smallish house, how hard could it be? Never again. Budget the money for moving – and packing – and spend your energy elsewhere… Like your newborn. It’ll be the best money you’ll spend.”
A successful move is all in the details – but, with a plan in place you won’t forget the small stuff. Keep calm and call a professional RE/MAX Realtor – like the professionals at Wissel Homes – to make your next move.
The professionals at Wissel Homes know the Central Maryland market because it’s our home too. We live and breathe the local neighborhoods in Howard County, Carroll County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County and more. We understand what it takes to get the job done right. Please contact us today to set up an appointment to list your home or to start the home buying process. Let our experience help move you into your dream home.